Patti and Garry Walker
The Vecchiola Family
John S. Longo
My beloved Grandma, Helen Wright, passed away in March 2010 after her battle with Parkinson's disease. She suffered from Parkinson's for many years but never let it define her or stop her. She was the most inspirational woman I had the privledge of having in my life. She was the most loyal pen pal ever. After I left for college, continued to keep in touch with me via snail mail. I would received monthly letters from her. It was until very late in her life in which she physically couldn't write that I lost my pen pal. She would always apologize when she wrote to me because of her "sloppy" writing. I never saw it as sloppy but inspiration because she NEVER gave up. She loved life. Loved cooking. Loved having all us grandkids for overnight stays with her and Loved her great grandchildren as well. So this year, 2013 my complete family of 5 will be attending this walk in her memory and raising money in hopes of someday finding a cure.
I am participating in the Moving Day Walk, benefiting the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area on Nov. 10, 2013.
The event will take place at the Nationals Park and will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.
Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.
Why Get Involved?
The mission of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) is to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson's disease, their care-partners and families within the National Capital Area.
PFNCA assists those affected by Parkinson's disease by providing resources, information and support, including:
- Advancing public knowledge of Parkinson's disease
- Support & education programs for patients and their families
- More than 65 exercise, dance, yoga, choir, aerobics and communications classes every month.
30,000 people in the National Capital Area live with Parkinson's disease. This is more than ALS, MS and Muscular Dystrophy combined. We make a difference in their lives and in the lives of their loved ones. Help us to help so many more. PFNCA is a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation which since 1982 has funded more than $172 million in care, research and support services.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and the National Parkinson Foundation.